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The National Health Service (General Medical Services Supplementary Lists) (Scotland) Regulations 2003

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Prescribing and dispensing

9.—(1) Subject to paragraphs 6 and 10 a practitioner shall order any drugs or appliances which are needed for the treatment of any patient to whom treatment is provided under these terms of service by issuing for that patient a prescription form, and such a form shall not be used in any other circumstances.

(2) A prescription form shall be signed by the practitioner and shall not be written in such a manner as to necessitate reference on the part of the person supplying the drugs or appliances to a previous order, and in the case of an appliance which requires to be of a size suitable for the individual patient shall include the necessary measurements. A separate prescription form shall be used for each patient.

(3) In a case of urgency a practitioner may request a pharmacist to dispense a drug before a prescription form is issued, only if–

(a)that drug is not a scheduled drug;

(b)that drug is not a controlled drug within the meaning of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971(1) other than a drug which is for the time being specified in Schedule 5 to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001(2); and

(c)in any case, the practitioner undertakes to furnish the pharmacist, within 72 hours, with a prescription form completed in accordance with sub-paragraphs (1) and (2).

(4) In the case of urgency a practitioner may request a pharmacist to dispense an appliance before a prescription form is issued only if–

(a)that appliance does not contain a scheduled drug or a controlled drug within the meaning of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 other than a drug which is, for the time being, specified in Schedule 5 to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001;

(b)in the case of a restricted availability appliance, the appliance is for a patient in a category of person or a purpose specified in the Drug Tariff; and

(c)in either case, the practitioner undertakes to furnish the pharmacist, within 72 hours, with a prescription form completed in accordance with sub paragraphs (1) and (2).

(2)

S.I. 2001/3998.

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